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Grayson Gilmour – Infinite Life

The latest offering from Wellington musician Grayson Gilmour is his fifth solo record, Infinite Life!. It’s one that he has whipped up in between So So Modern band duties, frolicking in the film word, creating soundtracks, hanging out at Red Bull Academy. Day to day tasks really. New Flying Nun addition Grayson Gilmour has released his loopy, moody album number 5, Infinite Life! Being a one man project, Gilmour uses...
 
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Sarah Davidson - Self Titled

Audiences have warmed up to Georgia native Sarah Davidson for her participation in the TNT series "Private Lives Of Nashville Wives" this spring. That being said, there's a lot more to the stunning songstress than just that TV show or her former marriage to Nashville songwriter Dallas Davidson. Sarah possesses a warm and tender voice that is sure to find a devoted fan following. The set's first single, "Drink You Up," is very warm...
 
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Legendary Ladies Shine on Americana Releases

The latest studio efforts from Carlene Carter and Suzy Bogguss, as well as a splendid collection of Linda Ronstadt's duets are essential for fans and the uninitiated. Artist: Carlene Carter. Title: Carter Girl (Rounder Records / Concord Music Group). You might like if you enjoy: June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill. Tell me more: Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and granddaughter Maybelle Carter, has been performing ...
 
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Don Williams - Reflections

The music of Don Williams is just like an old pair of shoes that has been sitting in the corner for quite a while. You know exactly what you're getting. There isn't going to be a lot of fancy frills or wild guitar licks with lyrics about tailgates or Betty Lou. It's as comfortable of a fit as an old friend. For Williams' second disc for Sugar Hill...
 
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Slumberhaze – Rhyme, Rhythm & Romance Pt. II

Rhyme, Rhythm & Romance Part II is (you guessed it) the second installment in Sydney band Slumberhaze‘s three part series of EP’s. Picking up where the first EP’s fusion of ambience and hip hop left off, Part 2 consolidates some of what made the first EP so tasty, while also trimming down their sound into a more coherent bundle. From track one of this EP, Slumberhaze make it clear where they’re going with this installment, making it no secret that someone in the band...
 
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Martina McBride - Everlasting

Martina McBride knows the power of a great song about as well as anyone. Her 2005 set Timeless gave newer Country Music fans a history lesson in the greats, and oh, yeah, she's had a pretty spectacular run of her own since releasing "The Time Has Come" in 1992. For her latest set -and first on Vinyl, her own imprint - she tips her hat to many of the great Pop songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s that inspired her. Whether it be...
 
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Ray Price - Beauty Is...

Usually, the final album from an artist tends to be received in a little bit of sentimental thoughts. After all, are you reacting to the passing of an artist, or the music that is there? In the case of this final project from the legendary Ray Price, there's no need for sentiment. It's very evident that he closed out his recording career the same way that it endured six decades. Just as he was in 1956, 1970, or 2000, Ray Price went out being a singer's singer. And, that's the ultimate...
 
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Stacey Randol - Fables

Spend any amount of time with the latest disc from Stacey Randol, and you just might be transported back in time to the the music of Roy Orbison. At least, that's what Fables sounds like to me. Does the album sound straight out of a Monument Records session with Fred Foster behind the glass circa 1964? Not exactly, but Randol seems to have that melancholy sadness that Orbison excelled in so...
 
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Michael Barry-rec – Continuum

Guitarist Michael Barry-rec hails from Virginia and brings an inspirational approach to modern new age via his guitar with Continuum (2013). Besides New Age one can also appreciate Instrumental-Rock-Blues, Acoustic-Folk and New Age Contemporary - with the Guitar as a focal point. Continuum combines all of the above with above average playing style and a solid feel. All 13 arrangements offer much in the way...
 
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The Charlie Daniels Band: Off The Grid

Back in 1969, Charlie Daniels was one of the session musicians on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline disc. His guitar playing impressed the legendary singer-songwriter so much that he ended up working on two more Dylan projects. Though the styles of Daniels and Dylan might not be compared by many, both men...
 
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Jason Daniels – Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections

"There’s nothing like stepping off a Lear Jet and onto a Silver Eagle to impress a young, musically curious mind," says Jason Daniels, describing what it was like to visit with his Uncle George Richey and Aunt Tammy Wynette while she was on tour. Following the family tradition with his debut album “Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections,” Daniels offers up nine solo-penned songs plus one co-write, on a self-produced...
 
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Jackson Browne Tribute Highlights New Titles

An outstanding tribute to singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, the one-two punch of Queen guitarist Brian May and singer Kerry Ellis, and the solo debut from blues singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Wein make for some fine listening. Various artists: Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, more. Title: Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (Music Road Records). You might like if you enjoy: Jackson Browne, Bruce...
 
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Ben & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home

Ben Harper's musical career definitely qualifies as one of the most varied in the music business. He's enjoyed success with rock, blues, and folk, among other styles. For his latest project, he teams up with the one person who likely knows him better than anyone else- his mother, Ellen. However, that being said...
 
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Ivy St – Courting

Picture a house on a suburban street in the inner-city. Out the back of the house is an old, asbestos riddled garage. Can you see it? In that garage are three young dudes pumping out some immense sounds. That street, friends, is called Ivy St. Whilst the house might be imaginary, the garage punk is mostly real. The three Hobartians from Ivy St are back with their second album Courting, this time by the way of Melbourne. After forming and fronting up an EP in 2008, the boys dropped...
 
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Hannah Aldridge - Razor Wire

What is the definition of Americana Music? In all my years of being in this business, I can't tell you a specific clear cut answer to that question. There are a lot of different styles that comprise the genre, but some of the best examples of "Americana" are sounds that you might have heard on Country Radio in a bygone...
 
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